Dobbyn bringing his talents to fest

Avocado Food and Wine Festival in focus

Chris Steel




Your Community Voice

The countdown is on to Katikati’s premium summer event on Saturday, the 2022 Avocado Food and Wine Festival where renowned Kiwi singer/songwriter, Sir Dave Dobbyn will belt out his classic hits at the Uretara Domain. In a career that has spanned four decades, with no evidence that his passion is slowing, Dobbyn has become New Zealand’s most celebrated songwriter and musician. He has won more New Zealand Music Awards (29) and Silver Scroll songwriting awards (3) than any other artist. Dobbyn has written the soundtrack to Kiwi lives with a string of hits that have guaranteed his enduring popularity, including Be Mine Tonight, Whaling, Outlook For Thursday, Oughtta Be In Love, Loyal, Slice of Heaven and Welcome Home. In the world of pop music, longevity is rarely achieved but Dobbyn’s talents consistently charm their way into the consciousness of New Zealanders. Dobbyn is looking forward to returning to Katikati. He last played here in 2005 in the Katikati War Memorial Hall while on a community hall tour. Keen on avocados Dobbyn shared his favourite, “Avocados spread on hot Vogels toast, splash of lemon juice or cider vinegar, pinch of salt, black pepper and a dash of Kaitaia Fire chilli sauce — yum!” Now in its 19th year the festival’s organising team is excited to be able to host Katikati’s biggest festival yet, with Bay favourite’s, Kokomo and 2Fold duo rounding out the day’s entertainment. Festival committee member Kylie Watkins says, “vaccine passports are required to be able to come to the festival, so make sure you don’t forget to bring this along. “No vaccine passport, no entry.” “No food and drink are to be brought on site as we have a huge array of vendors on site offering a variety to choose from.” Kylie says Saturday’s forecast is for sunshine. “Pack your hat, sunblock and an empty water bottle as we have a free water station set up to fill up your bottles.” “Leave your gazebos at home as these won’t be able to be set up on site. You can, however, bring an umbrella, camping chairs and picnic blankets. “Please leave your doggies at home. They won’t be able to come on site unless you have valid paperwork to show they are assistance dogs.” There will be a cash out service onsite and QR Barcodes at the gate which people are advised to scan before entry. Hand sanitiser will be provided. “We do ask that you bring your own mask. If you are sick, we ask you to please stay home.” There will be some car parking on site or in the surrounding streets, or get dropped off in Mulgan St, or book a ride with Kate’s Kabs (022 045 0525) or Omokoroa Taxis (027 548 7575). “See you all on Saturday.” Festival tickets are available online, over the counter in the Arts Junction in Katikati and also on the day from the red A&P Show building, positioned next to the entry gate — $55 per person (18 and over), under 18 free if accompanied by an adult. Gates open at noon and the festival ends at 6pm.